How to get motivated. It can be a challenge!
Being the world’s greatest procrastinator is a delightful time waster.
I have a million ideas, a million “to-do’s” and limited time – just like you!.
My list, written on paper looks like a normal list. What it really looks like in my head is, “must do, should do, might do, never do”. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about!
I can be so easily distracted – a good book, an invitation to catch up with a friend, the washing … Let’s not forget the dreaded black hole of Facebook! Also, doing smaller jobs instead of the BIG ONE that’s hanging over me.
Getting motivated is a subject I think about and talk about often.
Are you interested or committed?
My husband has borrowed a phrase from John Assaraf – “Are you interested or committed?”
For Shay, this is a great way to weed out distractions and motivate himself to get things done. Anything that comes up that he might like to do, or is on his list to do, goes through the “interested or committed” test.
I’ve tried that one but it doesn’t really trigger the “get it done” incentive for me.
I’m the chick who …
The other day I was listening to an interview with Tom Bilyeu of Quest Nutrition and a little gem landed.
Tom said that when he decided to get healthier, he told himself, “I’m the guy who goes to the gym” and “I’m the guy who eats healthy food” to motivate himself to do those things! He said that he first told himself those things, then he told his friends and then he told everyone. By doing that, he became not only accountable to himself, but also to friends and even strangers. Being accountable meant that he built the habits of healthiness to actually become the healthy man he wants to be.
Well, a light bulb went off in my head!
I can do that!
I’m the chick who swims in the morning.
I’m the chick who eats smaller portions of healthy food.
I’m the chick who loves exercise.
I’m the chick who gets stuff done!
This is not how I usually talk to myself. And I never call myself “chick”. That’s just what popped into my head after I heard the interview.
The following morning I woke up to a grey, drizzling, damp morning and really wanted to roll over and go back to sleep.
In my head I heard, “I’m the chick who swims in the morning”.
And that’s exactly what I did!
Today, I have a ton of stuff to get done before my son gets home from school. The voice in my head said, “I’m the chick who gets stuff done”.
I think I’ve found my motivator!
Try it out and let me know if it works for you.